Queensland has seemingly dodged a potentially catastrophic outbreak of COVID-19, and Brisbane residents are on Friday breathing easier as they wake to a massive wind back of restrictions.
As of 1am on Friday, masks are no longer mandatory, dancing is allowed once again, gathering restrictions have eased, and visitors are allowed back into hospitals, aged care facilities, prisons and disability accommodation.
For the last 11 days, residents of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redlands and Moreton Bay have been subject to strict restrictions following a three day lockdown.
It comes after a hotel quarantine worker from the Hotel Grand Chancellor tested positive for the highly infectious UK strain of COVID-19, and was unknowingly infectious in the community for three days.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the state’s chief health officer were so concerned about what an outbreak would do to Queensland they locked the city down, before implementing a mask mandate and other restrictions.
Thursday marked 14 days since the last case of COVID-19 was in the community, and Dr Jeannette Young said she felt “comfortable” that Brisbane had dodged a bullet.
Ms Palaszczuk said Queensland had fought hard and fought fast and deserved to be rewarded for their efforts.
“Brisbane was Australia’s first battleground for this new strain,” she said on Thursday.
“A short, sharp shutdown was successful in keeping the movement of people and the virus to a minimum.”
“We have come through this together, we have come through it stronger, and we’ll continue to do that every single day.”
What Brisbane residents can do from today: